All that washing has a huge energy and water impact. It also has a personal health and environmental impact due to the ingredients these laundry detergents may contain.
Conventional detergents can contain a whole host of hazardous, often petroleum-derived, chemicals including phosphorus (a neurotoxin), chlorine bleach, synthetic fragrances which may contain hormone disruptors, dyes including optical brighteners, and surfactants.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find out what a detergent contains as cleaning product formulas are currently considered government-protected trade secrets. Manufacturers aren’t required to disclose this information to consumers. To avoid hazardous ingredients, look for warning labels on conventional detergents (bottles marked “danger” “poison” “toxic” and “hazardous” should be left on the store shelf).
Even better? Switch to a natural detergent. Natural cleaning product companies usually willingly disclose ingredients on their plant-based biodegradable detergents. Your skin and lungs will thank you, and, because they don’t pollute wastewater, so will the fish.
Why Use Organic Baby Laundry Detergents?
When asked when our skin is most sensitive, the answer is quite clear – it is during infancy. The skin of an adult could take much harsher irritants as compared to that of a baby. However, in a household that has a baby, we are always extra careful with everything that we use. This includes our laundry soaps.
We all know that laundry soaps could leave traces of its chemicals in the lining of all the piece of clothing that we wash. It leaves traces also in our bed sheets and even our pillow cases. This is a particularly hazardous when we have a baby at home.
As allergens normally affect babies twice as much as adults, reviews on laundry detergent usage feature more and more about organic and natural laundry soapnuts being used. Soap nuts are derived from a plant namely the drupes that are natural surfactants. This ingredient has been used all throughout history for doing the laundry.
How To Switch To Natural Laundry Detergents?
Most laundry brands have removed phosphates from their formulas. Beyond that, eco-benefits vary brand by brand. Read ingredients, not marketing language. A bottle may be stamped with a green certification label that was made up by the company selling the product, not a third-party certifier. Buyers beware.
Avoid products without ingredient lists. If you’d like a fragrance-free detergent, look for Free & Clear claims or look for natural laundry detergents.
Tip #1: To take care of baby clothes, opt out of detergents that glow in black lights. These are noted to contain optic enhancers that reflect light back which makes the clothes look whiter or brighter in the light. These leave residues in clothes that are harmful to baby’s skin.
Tip #2: Also opt out of those detergents that have mixtures of fabric softeners. Although it leaves the clothes fragrant, these chemicals also contain irritants which could do more harm than good.
Tip #3: If you want to leave a scent on those clothes, it is better to used natural oils like that of lavender and tea tree. You can mix it on your wash load on the last rinse to leave the clothes smelling fresh and clean. These oils are not harmful to the skin as they are derived from natural sources which fit the chemistry of the body.
Tip #4: With stubborn stains due to baby food, do not use chemical stain removers. These are too harsh and leave even greater residues to clothing even after numerous rinsing. Rather, use baking soda and lemon to remove those stains away.
Natural laundry detergents have always upheld the benefits of using all natural detergents as efficient and eco-friendly. They have provided customer satisfaction as much as that of chemically laden detergents.
Keep in mind when doing shopping for your home that all natural cleaners, detergents, and soaps have the same effectiveness and are even cheaper.
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